Please join us at the Bookshop on September 9th at 3 pm, as we welcome back Ilie Ruby, reading from her latest novel, "The Salt God's Daughter".
Ilie Ruby is a painter, poet and proud adoptive mom to three children from Ethiopia. Her previous novel, THE LANGUAGE OF TREES, was published in 2010.
Set in Long Beach, California, beginning in the 1970s, The Salt God’s Daughter
follows Ruthie and her sister, Dolly as they carve out a life in a
place filled with natural beauty, meteorological myths, and exotic
folklore. Raised by a mother drawn to the ocean and guided by the moons,
their heritage is a mystery and their mother often absent, forcing the
two girls to confront the social and sexual mores of the time on their
own, caught in the riptide of a culture that alternately glorifies and
demonizes female sexuality. Ruthie's daughter, Naida, is born into this
conflicting landscape with a secret she tries to keep hidden, bullied
and harassed by her peers as she seeks out the father she never knew.
Woven with a traditional Scottish folktale and hints of Jewish
mysticism, this examines how far we’ll go to find our place in a world
that is often hostile to those who are different.